Generation 993 is the last version of the Porsche 911 that uses an air-cooled engine. During this year’s Monterey Car Week, Gunther Werks made its latest debut to upgrade this important model. The machine was named Project Tornado.
Underneath the rear deck, there’s an air-cooled, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from Rothsport Racing. Engine features include a racing-derived flat fan and a liquid fill cooler for the forced induction system. During normal driving, the output is 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts), but activating track mode increases that figure to 700 hp (522 kW). The gearbox is a six-speed manual.
Overall, Project Tornado still looks like a 993-gen 911, but Gunther Werks made various adjustments to improve on the original. The big change is that the body panels are now carbon fiber, which cuts 500 pounds (226.8 kilograms) from the original car. The body kit includes a rear-facing scoop on the hood which increases downforce. There is a double-bubble roof. The rear fender has a ram-air intake. Exhaust pipes come out of the mesh panels and the rear, and there’s a diffuser underneath.
The car’s bright orange paint with black accents is eye-catching. This car uses five-spoke wheels that have a slight design resemblance to the classic Fuchs style and metal gun finish.
The Gunther Werks retain the classic look of the Porsche cabin but with a few updates. Alcantara covers the bottom of the dashboard and seats. The steering wheel has buttons for activating track mode and a nose lift system. Plus, there are plenty of orange accents to match the exterior color.
To provide some modern amenities, the center console has a magnetic inductive charging base. Drivers can mount a smartphone or even a tablet there to enjoy the media of their choice.
The seats in this car are carbon fiber buckets that support a standard five-point seat belt or three-point belt.
If anyone wants to order a model like this from Gunther Werks, the company also offers it with a tour package. It has different seats, a trunk in front for storage, a duck spoiler, and a reset engine.